So I went to the Anime North convention this year at the TCC by Pearson Airport in Etobicoke, Ontario.
It was a lot more fun than I expected! best of all, I got a bunch of art done, all of which got sold faster than I could draw them!
So here’s a look at all the drawings i did, starting with the 3 that I went to the convention with as prints:
So you’ve seen this one already. I made it on the morning of my birthday!
The next two are inspired by famous War photos. The figures, however humanoid, are animals. I probably won’t use this treatment, but this was to inspire myself to make a graphic novel based on the war, but told by animals (in a similar vein as such legendary books like MAUS, The Mouse Guard, and Watership Down.
Next, I started drawing anything that came to mind on large 9×12 sheets of paper, stamping them with my name and slapping them on the table. Almost as soon as they filled up space, they began to disappear! The following images are all images that I drew and sold at the convention this weekend! I apologize for the size and bad lighting and quality of some of these images, but since I was unable to photograph them by any other means, I made due with what was available. (edit: I recently fixed them in photoshop, most, if not all of them should look crisp now.)
Some images, due to how quickly they sold, did not get photographed. but the bulk of them are here.
One of the first illustrations to hit the table on Day 1 of the convention.
Another great one from Day 1. Flew off the table before the cat vomit hit the floor!
A peanuts’ nightmare.
The surprise star of the show. This drawing got me LOTS of attention and even before and after it was sold, I found myself drawing it multiple times for other people. This is actually a photo of the second one I drew. Definitely a first place candidate for a t-shirt. I also became a fan of drawing bubbles where it made the least amount of sense.
Another repeat request image. Noreen dubbed it the Kamikaze toast.
Several requests for this one as well…personally, I feel bad re-enacting this sad, sad exchange. Pig never really did get a response from Sausage.
Curse those fascist penguins!! (idea credits go to Kara Hagedorn for her doodles back in high school)
It is said that he led a long, full and wheat-y life. Regardless, Loaf was still appalled to lose another front portion.
Noreen suggested that the egg came first.
Just a fun random Image which inspired the next two commissioned images!
This was a commission for a couple looking for a gift for a friend.
They came back the next day and requested this wonderful image for another friend of theirs. Similar subject matter. I tried my hardest to make it look like it was happening on land. Despite the bubbles.
A local band approached me to do a piece for them. They wanted Bear to fight his longtime friend, Squid. the band, as you can see was called FACE the band. I hope to see how they use it.
Another piece inspired by the image requested by the aforementioned band. Oddly, someone else bought this illustration. It depicts the aftermath only. The shattered photo, a mere memory of Bear and Squid’s former camaraderie.
Another fun commission, this one for a girl as a present to her boyfriend. I found out hilariously soon after making the image that the Monkey and Hamster were supposed to represent the girl and her boyfriend respectively.
A commission for a girl who wanted her favourite character from Death Note depicted riding a donkey.
A nice young lady approached me about drawing a character she created and her octopus friend. Before I could sit down to draw it, this happened.
She came back on Day 3 and asked for this drawing. I’m assuming he’s another character she created. My guidelines were: He’s a bum, and he has a stuffed doll thing. Excuse the post-it note.
“Giraffes sleep funny. Can you draw that?” TA-DA!
A bit of a non-sequitur, but while drawing this, I met a beautiful redhead who reminded me of Michelle Junkin. I think Michelle would make a killing at conventions with her characters, seeing as most of my commissions involved animals.
“know what this is?…it’s a brain sucker. know what it’s doing?…STARVING!”
This is my tribute to David Hellman and his work on the absolutely mind-bending and beautiful game, Braid. “I’m sorry, but the Princess is in another castle.”
A great little random one that sold pretty fast despite the act of fun-loving violence being depicted.
Fries and Potato!!!
Protractor always gets left out. The buyer came back later and produced one of those protractors on a clear plastic ruler and asked, “if that is how the protractor feels, how does this one feel?” I had no coherent response. She promptly slinked away.
Mushroom: The later years. He works at a call center to get by these days. He also wears ties UNDER his arms. It’s an anatomical thing.
Word got around that Carson was the guy to see for all your random drawing needs. This girl wanted a sloth and a giant cupcake. I drew…a furry creature and a giant cupcake mess. She was happy, so I guess I am too!
A great collab with friend and talented artist, Noreen Rana. It sold almost immediately, even with it’s higher, doubled sale price.
Another fun collab with the legendary Noreen Rana.
I’ve decided to turn some of them into t-shirts. If there are any requests for which ones, or even brand new drawings, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org!
The t-shirts will be hand-silk screened and possibly limited runs. If you’re interested in one, please don’t hesitate to ask me about it!
That’s it for now, folks! thanks for reading!